Koch: Decision on government shutdown would be on Dayton

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GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says the decision on a government shutdown “lies with the governor.”

Koch, R-Buffalo, spoke to MPR’s Morning Edition. She said she’s looking forward to the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy hearing today.

“It’s a way for people to fully understand the various budget proposals,” she said. “We’re looking forward to talking about our budget proposal and vet the governor’s budget proposal.”

Koch said Republicans want the revenue and finance commissioners to detail Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget and proposed tax increases. She said she’s also interested in hearing about a proposal to increase taxes in a way that wouldn’t hurt small businesses.

“We’re not interested in tax increases but we do want to talk about that proposal,” Koch said. “It gets tossed around and people can offer compromises all day, but we really need to fully understand them.”

Koch again argued that the GOP budget is increasing spending, despite the fact that federal stimulus money and a K-12 accounting shift was used in the last budget. She responded to that question in the interview:

“They used one-time federal stimulus money and a one-time gimmick shift as ongoing funding. That’s not our fault, that’s not the governor’s fault, that was decisions made by other Legislatures and other administrations. One-time money should not be used as ongoing funding. Even if you count that in as reality, we’re spending about the same,” Koch said.

When asked about a possible government shutdown, Koch said it would be up to Dayton, because the Legislature already passed a balanced budget that he vetoed. But Koch said a budget deal can be reached.

“There’s absolutely time to finish this out,” she said.

  • danno

    Looks like a shutdown with a finger-point in advance. Koch has learned the lesson of the “Big Lie.” Now she should learn that repeatedly telling the lie does not make it so. Then she can move on to the lesson that compromise means everybody gives up something. I think the current polling is showing that Minnesotans are no longer fooled by the Grover followers. I am looking forward to the next election.

  • S. Porter

    Senator Koch:

    In your telephone interview with MPR this morning you said you want Minnesotans to thoroughly understand the Republicans’ budget proposal but you don’t put it out there for the public to see. You say that proposal is the biggest in state history. That’s disingenuous! Consider the price of everything going up all the time (partially due to Koch Brother’s political influence and grip on the oil industry – which seems to drive up the cost of everything) and every legislature can probably make that claim. It’s just another way of obfuscating the real situation.

    In the interview you said the Republicans’ proposed budget has 3 BILLION DOLLARS more revenue this biennium cycle but never revealed where it comes from. This seems incongruent with your claim to want all Minnesotans to fully understand the Republican budget proposal. Where is the $3 Billion in extra revenue coming from? And where are the majority of the spending cuts (to society’s most vulnerable) coming from so a small minority of the most well off people can keep more of the profit off the sweat of the vast majority of Minnesotans.

    Then there is Senator Kock’s admission that ” . . . one time money should never be used as on-going funding,” which is exactly what Pawlenty and the Republicans did previously. She said

    they can’t be held responsible for other legislature’s and administration’s accounting gimmicks and failed policies (i.e. Pawlenty’s spending all of the tobacco settlement money that was to last a lifetime, to fix a budget crisis that his own policies created]). You were quite right about the bad decision to use one-time money but you tried to deflect the fact that it was your party that went along with Pawlenty’s misguided initiatives.

    In your telephone interview with MPR this morning you say the governor floated some kind of paper a couple weeks ago that you now want to fully flesh out. What did you do this session? The offer was there and you dragged heals to get to the end of the session with no deal.

    I think you must be related to the oil barren Koch brothers. You know, the Kochs, the Big $ behind much of the Republican agenda to hijack democracy and offer corporate dominance in its place.

    I’m really curious about how this will all bode for you in the next election cycle!

  • Steve Porter

    Senator Koch:

    In your telephone interview with MPR this morning you said you want Minnesotans to thoroughly understand the Republicans’ budget proposal but you don’t put it out there for the public to see. You say that proposal is the biggest in state history. That’s disingenuous! Consider the price of everything going up all the time (partially due to Koch Brother’s political influence and grip on the oil industry – which seems to drive up the cost of everything) and every legislature can probably make that claim. It’s just another way of obfuscating the real situation.

    In the interview you said the Republicans’ proposed budget has 3 BILLION DOLLARS more revenue this biennium cycle but never revealed where it comes from. This seems incongruent with your claim to want all Minnesotans to fully understand the Republican budget proposal. Where is the $3 Billion in extra revenue coming from? And where are the majority of the spending cuts (to society’s most vulnerable) coming from so a small minority of the most well off people can keep more of the profit off the sweat of the vast majority of Minnesotans.

    Then there is Senator Kock’s admission that ” . . . one time money should never be used as on-going funding,” which is exactly what Pawlenty and the Republicans did previously. She said

    they can’t be held responsible for other legislature’s and administration’s accounting gimmicks and failed policies (i.e. Pawlenty’s spending all of the tobacco settlement money that was to last a lifetime, to fix a budget crisis that his own policies created]). You were quite right about the bad decision to use one-time money but you tried to deflect the fact that it was your party that went along with Pawlenty’s misguided initiatives.

    This morning you say the governor floated some kind of paper a couple weeks ago that you now want to fully flesh out. What did you do this session? The offer was there and you dragged heals to get to the end of the session with no deal.

    I think you must be related to the oil barren Koch brothers. You know, the Kochs, the Big $ behind much of the Republican agenda to hijack democracy and offer corporate dominance in its place.

    I’m really curious about how this will all bode for you in the next election cycle!

  • SP

    If cutting tax (i.e. not increasing) for wealthy creates jobs accoriding to republican theory, then why did we have terrible job growth during first quarter 2011? Federal taxes were cut across the board, and for high income group tax breaks were continued from Bush’s time late last year.

    That trickle down theory has not worked; there is a proof since Reagan’s time.

  • danno

    Exactly SP. Republicans like to ignore facts that they didn’t make up themselves. Just as the fact that the upper incomes pay an actual lower percentage of their income in taxes to Minnesota than the rest of us. This fact just does not fit in their funny colored sky world. Using their frequent reference to federal taxes is an apples and oranges diversionary tactic, and will always be irrelevant to Minnesota’s tax structure.

  • Timothy

    The GOP’s attitude since the start has clearly been “my way or the highway”. The issue since session started is how much “new revenue” will be raised. Current polling suggest MN supports Daytn’s approach of mixing cutting/revenue raising.

    In the last week of session, Dayton offered to meet the Republicans halfway, and the Republican’s response was to say “we won’t budge!” Until Zellers/Koch and the GOP offer to raise revenue, there will be no agreement.

    Leadership is saying: “I’m willing to give up some of what I want and will meet you halfway.”

    If there’s a shutdown, it’s clearly on Koch and Zellers and GOP leadership.